If you’re in the market for a two-door luxury coupe, practicality probably isn’t a major concern. These cars are not built for passenger accommodation or cargo space, but rather performance and styling.
Coupes are all about the driving experience. They’re about style and performance. And if you want to get from A to B in style, then the Lexus RC200t or the BMW 2 Series might be exactly the car you’ve been looking for.
But how do the two cars compare? Let’s take a look.
We’re all for traveling in style, but it’s also nice to have the reassurance that you can put the pedal to the metal without compromising safety.
The Lexus RC200t has received the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passing all crash tests with flying colors.
The RC200t features the usual bevy of Lexus safety features. Standard items include LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, an advanced braking system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System with sport mode, Enform Safety Connect, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, eight airbags, rigid body structure with crumple zones, Hill-start Assist Control, LED taillamps, and Smart Stop technology. The safety-conscious can also opt to add a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic Alert, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer and headlamp washers.
BMW 2 Series
Much like the RC200t, the BMW 2 Series was the recipient of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, getting the best possible scores in all crash tests.
Its safety features are also robust. The 2 Series comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), engine immobilizer, airbags, front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners, Coded Driveway Protection, impact sensor, programmable daytime running lights, Tire Pressure Monitor, Anti-theft alarm system, and BMW Assist eCall™ with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.
Luxury two-door coupes are for those who want to have fun on the road, and if that’s what you’re looking for in a car, the RC200t won’t disappoint.
Standard entertainment features include Siri® Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio technology, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.
The RC200t’s optional features aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. You can opt to add the Enform App Suite, voice command, Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks, Navigation System with Voice Activation, and a Mark Levinson® surround sound audio system if entertainment is your thing.
But if that still isn’t enough fun, the F Sport models come with a lot of extras, such as the LFA-inspired digital instrumentation, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Sport S+ driving mode, drive mode select, as well as G-Force and Turbo-Boost Displays.
The base model interior features a leather trim with NuLuxe seating, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Personalized Settings, electrochromic inside mirror with compass, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles.
F Sport models come with badged steering wheel and shift knob, bolstered seats, sport exterior styling, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.
BMW 2 Series
Shoppers looking at the BMW 2 Series will notice the base model lack the maby standard featres found in the RC 200t. The 2 Series interior features SensaTec vinyl upholstery, high-gloss black plastic trim, as well as eight-way manual adjustable front sport seats.
As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2 Series comes with a HiFi sound system and Radio Data System (RDS), HD Radio™ with multicast FM reception, pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner, Bluetooth technology, and iDrive with and a 6.5-inch display.
Outside, you’ll find Y-Spoke alloy wheels, halogen free-form front fog lights, chrome-line exterior-trim and sport kidney grille.
22 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 26 MPG combined
BMW 2 Series
23 MPG city / 35 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined
Base: starting at $39,995 MSRP
Sport Model – RC 300 F Sport: starting at $46,310 MSRP
BMW 2 Series
Base: starting at $32,850 MSRP
Sport Model – M240i xDrive Coupe: starting at $46,150 MSRP